Aizen JM Kurogane Titanium Mouthpiece - Alto Saxophone
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BUSHIDO - THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI - IS RIGHT AT THE HEART OF JAPAN. THERE IS AN OLD SAYING IN JAPAN, HANDED DOWN THE AGES, THAT A SAMURAI'S SWORD IS A SAMURAI'S SOUL.
AIZEN'S “Kurogane” series follows in the footsteps of the samurai masters. They're equally committed to making works of art that look just as good as they sound.
The first generation of samurai swordsmiths in Japan worked through a process of trial and error, or so the story goes. They had to find the right materials and discover the right processes to make a sword that would stand the test of combat on the battlefield. The masters at AIZEN they were equally demanding of ourselves.
They mixed and matched hundreds of patterns to achieve the sound they were looking for. They pushed their mouthpieces through countless manufacturing trials.
They’ve achieved a totally unprecedented sound and an unmatched beauty, blending 64 different metals, with titanium the dominant one, delicately balanced with their unique in-house resin.
Compared to normal vintage resins, Kurogane material is very powerful and gives great projection. The sound is dense and rich - it’s a really fat sound, combining a nice softness with just the right amount of edge. With this mouthpiece they achieved a very rare and beautiful sound.
When light hits off it, it sparkles like the stars of the Milky Way, which give this mouthpiece an unique look.
When they work on Kurogane mouthpiece, it actually wears the diamond tooling away. Making them is a labor of time, and they're made one by one. Therefore, it takes some time to produce Kurogane mouthpieces.
Material: Titanium & resin
Made In: Japan
Chamber: Medium large
Baffle: Low rollover
Ligature: Not included
Manufacturing Method: Hand made
Recommended for: Jazz Professionals
"The new Aizen Kurogane mouthpieces combine Aizen's very popular designs with a newly a developed material creating a unique range of mouthpieces. This new Kurogane material is based off of their vintage style resin and incorporates a blend of 64 different metals, with Titanium being the dominant material. The mouthpiece design is exactly the same as the hugely popular alto JM model and has a big fat sound with an extra bit of projection to the ASNY model. The Kurogane version offers up an extra bit of projection and cut to the sound, giving the mouthpiece a stronger, bolder sound, more like you would expect from a metal mouthpiece but in the comfortable package of ebonite. I can imagine this mouthpiece being useful in a variety of situations, be it amplified quartets to big bands, where your sound needs that extra boost to make yourself heard but without sacrificing the tone colour." - Matthew - sax.co.uk
All of our instruments are fully checked and set-up by our experienced technicians. Regardless of size or price - all saxophones go through the same process. Here at Sax.co.uk we know that when you buy a sax, our pro set up is absolutley essential to ensure the instrument you're purchasing is playing to it's optimum peformance.
In addition, all new saxophones purchased from us can be returned within a year for a FREE checkover to make sure your saxophone continues to perform its best.
Our 12-Step Checkover:
• All transit packing and corks from the manufacturer are removed.
• Thorough visual check for any imperfections in the finish, includes unlacquered saxophones.
• All pads checked for quality.
• All pad seatings checked using leak lights and traditional feeler paper methods.
• Regulation checked and adjusted.
• All key corks and felts checked, adjusted to set vent heights.
• All spring tensions checked and adjusted to create an even feel across the instrument.
• Neck fitting checked.
• Crook cork checked for cork quality and provided mouthpiece fits.
• Thorough play-test from top to bottom, including alternate fingerings.
• Case inspected for quality, instrument fit and accessories.
• Instrument cleaned and carefully repacked.
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